Micranthes virginiensis

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Early saxifrage
Saxifraga virginiensis full plant.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Micranthes
Species: M. virginiensis
Binomial name
Micranthes virginiensis
(Michx.) Small
Synonyms[1]

Saxifraga virginica Nutt. (1818)

Micranthes virginiensis, the early saxifrage,[2][3] or Virginia saxifrage, is a wildflower native to eastern and central North America.[4] It is a herbaceous plant, which can reach 30 cm (12 in) tall.[5]

This species flowers in the spring and is usually found growing on rocks, cliffs, or logs. The pubescent stem is thought to deter ground insects from reaching its flowers, which would be less effective for pollination than flying insects.

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